Houghton Primary School

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For details of the Music Curriculum for each year group for each term please visit the class webpages.

Essential characteristics of Musicians

We have identified the following essential characteristics which we aim to develop to enable children to become independent and confident musicians:

  • A rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work. 
  • A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of 
  • technical expertise. 
  • Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
  • An excellent understanding of how musical provenance - the historical, social and cultural origins of music - contributes to the diversity of musical styles.
  • The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
  • A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.
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Essential opportunities for Music

In order to ensure that our children are provided with a range of opportunities to enable them to become musicians we provide:

Key Stage One Key Stage Two

 Opportunities to:

  • Use their voices expressively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • Make and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Opportunities to: 
  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using voice and playing instruments with increasing accuracy, control and expression.
  • Improvise and compose music using the inter-related dimensions of music separately and in combination.
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory. 
  • Use and understand the basics of the stave and other musical notations.
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music from different traditions and from great musicians and composers.

Essential learning objectives for Music

We have identified the following essential learning objectives for Music:

To perform To compose To transcribe To describe

 Extra-Curricular Music Opportunities

We are a Silver Award winning Sing-Up school, taking as many opportunities as we can to sing and perform through the year.

We have a school choir who perform regularly both in school and in a variety of community events.


We offer parents the opportunity for their children to learn a woodwind, brass, percussion or string instrument through private music lessons on site.



Please click here for the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Music

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